Singing Bowl and Railroad Tie Chime

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In the Happy Book News Department, two items of interest:

First, I am pleased to announce that I sold another book for one of my Annie Wilder Literary Agency clients, the esteemed Loyd Auerbach. (I’ve been a fan of Loyd’s ever since his days as a FATE columnist.) And, the publisher who picked up his book is interested in three more books ~ WOOT!! Will share the details as soon as I am able.

The second item is a story about one of my literary agency clients and paying attention to signs from the universe. My client, Jana, wrote a YA (Young Adult) novel that involves time travel and physics. A Tibetan singing bowl and railroad tie wind chime play an important role in her story. The day we first got ready to send out her story, my dowser friend Curt Hansen stopped by and brought ~ a Tibetan singing bowl and a railroad tie chime! I almost fell over. (I don’t discuss the books I’m working on with anyone except the author and potential publishers.) I sent Jana the picture below and she said she thought it was amazing.

Yesterday, I sent out Jana’s manuscript to the publishers that require a printed submission. Second cool sign from the universe: yesterday was Pi day (Jana let me know; I had not heard of it) which seems perfect for a book about physics and time travel.

Things That Go Bump MN ~ Haunted Palmer House Event, April 15 ~ 17

I have been absent from this blog for awhile ~ my apologies to friends both old and new. Welcome to those new to my blog or website ~ I appreciate your support.

What has been taking my time is (mostly) my own writing, my literary agenting work ~ will be making an announcement early next week about the latest book I sold ~ and some repairs and remodeling at our house, in preparation for the 2016 Haunted Tea Party and Spirited Schoolhouse season that opens in April. We are adding one or two new spirited events this year, details coming soon!

Today, I want to invite everyone to join my friends from the paranormal investigation group, Things That Go Bump, MN, for their Palmer House Investigation April 15 ~ 17. This is a great group, knowledgeable, respectful, and a lot of fun. My friend, the amazing energy worker Suzanne Worthley will be there teaching and I will also be there on April 15 and 16, talking about my house and the spirits.

More information at the link below.

I’ll be posting more often now as I wrap up my creative cocooning time and enter another haunted tea party season. Feels good to be back!

http://www.thingsthatgobumpmn.com/events

Lake Superior Writing Retreats ~ January 2016

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Spent last weekend and am spending this weekend in the beautiful Duluth (Minnesota) area, working on my next two books.

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The first, a picture book for young children, is now finished and ready to be shopped around. It’s the story of a young girl whose wish is granted in a whimsical and wacky way when she spends the night at her aunt’s magical old house.

The second book is my follow-up to “House of Spirits and Whispers.” This book, aka “the ghost book that did not want to be written,” is coming along nicely. Don’t want to say too much more, due to its capricious nature and history. Would love to have a proposal in the hands of my agent by May 1 ~ that’s my goal.

I have always thought that Lake Superior and this part of Minnesota were gorgeous and inspiring, and in the last few years, this feeling has intensified. I think it has to do with the area’s wide open expansiveness, powerful water and air elements, and beautiful, calming shades of blue ~ all these factors provide a perfect, soul-restoring counterbalance when my life feels over-busy and compartmentalized.

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The photos in this post were taken by my friend and fellow writer Kelly (pictured).

Spirit Visitors at the Massage

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Love going into the parlor to meditate and seeing my meditation partners ~ aka Fluffy and Simon ~ already there and waiting to get started.

This is Fluffy, at nineteen years old, who made it to the red chair first (which means Simon will sit on the sofa or prowl around the room till Fluffy decides it’s time to be queen of all she surveys elsewhere in the house, making a spot available for Simon on my lap or the back of the red chair).

My (online) Rosicrucian studies are going well, and I really look forward to meditating and studying in the parlor a few times each week around twilight. It’s peaceful and restorative. Last night, I meditated on the massage I had yesterday. It was the first time I ever had a massage (first time because I am uptight!) and during it, Lisa (the masseuse), who is highly intuitive, saw not only my spirit helpers but also ~ ME. 

Lisa asked me after the massage if I have noticed that I’m becoming more psychic and I said yes. She said she believed it, because both an eagle and a hawk spirit helper showed up. She also asked if I had any relatives in spirit that looked just like me. I said no. She said, “Well, someone showed up who looked exactly like you.” After discussing it for a bit, we decided it probably was an aspect of my spirit.

So, why, you may ask, would part of my spirit leave my body just before an awesome massage? : ) Lisa said it may have been my higher self. Another possibility that occurs to me: I was intimidated by the thought of a massage, and have read about (and experienced firsthand) the feeling of “ditching” one’s physical body when feeling threatened.

I am going to take two mini-sabbaticals this month to work on my latest book (a follow-up to House of Spirits and Whispers) and am going to see if I can explore this phenomenon further in the new book.

I’d be interested in hearing from anyone who has had similar experiences. (You may email me at the address on my “Contact” page.)

 

Unexpected Gift ~ A Message from the Natural World

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Anyone who knows me or has read my books knows that one of my favorite gifts is a message from the natural or spirit world. I noticed this seemingly magic feather, pictured above and elsewhere in this post, during my birthday week in the back hall of my house.

When it first caught my eye, I was startled, thinking it was a centipede on the wall. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was a feather, which has been one of the best and most clear signs I get from the universe. Although it appeared to be suspended in the air, the feather was actually caught on a near-invisible cobweb. (The feather had been on display on a shelf in the back hall.)

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In my life, feathers represent opportunities, especially writing opportunities. I interpreted this as a very positive sign, especially since earlier this year, I woke up with a hawk feather standing straight up in my hair (!) which I only noticed when I saw my reflection in the medicine cabinet mirror. The hawk feather had fallen out of a dreamcatcher made for me by my friend Ximena, who is a skilled energy worker. I felt that the October birthday feather message was that my usual late fall and winter  “creative cocooning” time of writing and editing would be productive and surprising and magical. And it has ~ I now represent some very talented and well-known clients through my literary agency, have sold my first book as an agent (with two more proposals being considered), and am doing developmental editing  for a very interesting metaphysical book as well as a spooky true paranormal book. (Will post about these books when their publication status is “official.”)

Last, but definitely not least: I am making progress on ~ and having fun with ~ my own next book, a follow-up to House of Spirits and Whispers. This is perhaps the real magic of this writing season, as I have referred to this sequel as “the book that did not want to be written.” It seems that, finally, the house spirits and my guides agree that the time has come for these stories to be told.

 

November, 2015: Scenes From the Tea Table

 

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November, 2015: Scenes from the tea table.

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile! November is always a respite for me, a quiet time after the haunted tea party season ends and before the hubbub of Christmas begins. This year, November was quiet as far as entertaining and events, but filled to the brim with work I love ~ helping people get theirs books polished up and published. Pictured in this post are my good friend/fellow writer Kelly, over for our November writers’ weekend, and my assistant Sylvie at my tea table desk.

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I am grateful to have as much work as I do ~ seven clients now for the Annie Wilder Literary Agency ~ and I just sold my first book for one of my clients this past week. Will share details on this book and others as we go along the process.

Also was fortunate enough to spend a lot of time outside last month, as we had gorgeous weather. Nearly every day felt like a gift; sunny, crisp, and fall-cool with gorgeous colors and green grass (!) because of all the rain this year.

I’ve also embarked on an online study of Rosicrucianism, meditating almost every day in the late afternoon, at twilight. I’m enjoying it immensely and will post more details about my experiences with it as I get further along.

Last but not least, have had some friendly visits from the house spirits, mostly last at night. Gentle tapping in the walls, exaggerated whispers and gurgling water noises in the pipes, even something that sounded like someone moving a heavy stack of books around a desk. (Wonder where the spirits have heard that before?)

Carl Llewellyn Weschcke

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Heard the sad news yesterday that Carl Llewellyn Weschcke passed away on November 7.

I worked for and with Carl for 13 years at Llewellyn Worldwide. When I left Llewellyn to pursue my own metaphysical pursuits via Annie Wilder Enterprises, I thanked Carl, Sandra, and Gabe Weschcke for the opportunities I’d had while at Llewellyn and for everything I learned while working there. I also told them that working at Llewellyn had enabled me to realize two long-held dreams: to make my living as a writer and to publish a book.

Sending blessings, love, and light to Carl, Sandra, Gabe and all of Carl’s family and friends.

Spirits in the Parlor ~ All Hallows Mediumship Eve with Janice Carlson

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Perfect way to wrap up the season of spirits: two final spirit message circles. Guest medium Janice Carlson did a fantastic job both nights of communicating messages from loved ones in spirit to our guests.

As the hostess, it was interesting to note that these back-to-back event nights had very distinct and different energy vibes. The first night, there was an undercurrent of breezy, bubbly energy and the background music ( Brahms on Pandora) got loud enough to be intrusive. (I do consider it to be spirit activity when the radio volume increases.) The second night’s energy was so heavy and still, Janice stopped in the middle of the messages and asked if I could feel it, too.  (I could.) The radio had stopped (not spirit activity ~ our Pandora station just shuts off occasionally) so I turned the radio back on and and also turned on some fans.

Janice brought through specific messages for each guest, including a message from a cat that had lived to be 30! One guest told of having the amazing and strange experience of walking in her yard and seeing her footprints turn to dead grass as she moved. She brought photos, which were pretty incredible. Her question was whether there was some message from the spirit world with regard to the footprints. I’ll be exploring this odd phenomenon further, including Janice’s response to it, in my next book.

Of course, there were also many moving and comforting messages, including several from loved ones who had crossed over in incredibly tragic circumstances. On a related note, for the first time ever, I actually “felt” a spirit’s passing. Janice was speaking to a guest whose (female) friend had died at a young age. Janice asked if the death  was from an accident or an illness when I felt the sensation of a powerful impact and being thrown into the air ~ like being struck by a car. At the same time, I felt that this had happened to a man, not a woman. Janice then said something about a male who had died in a car accident, and after reading for the guest whose friend had died, gave messages to two guests who had a male friend or relative that died in a car accident.

We closed the evening with a sage burning and asking for blessings and healing for all present, both physical and spirit guests.

The spirit messages circles are so popular and seem to be such a positive and healing experience for those in attendance that I’m considering offering one each month next season. Will keep you posted.

Season of Spirits with Linda Cora ~ WOW!

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Last Thursday night’s Season of Spirits event was awesome, thanks to my friend Linda Cora’s incredible mediumship skills and a parlor-full of great guests, both physical and in spirit.

The vibe of the night was high-energy and positive. Many of Thursday’s guests were friends who have come to many events at my house, and their anticipation and excitement provided the kind of energy the spirits seem to love.

Linda’s amazing skill, coupled with her down-to-earth observations and sense of humor added another element of fun to the event. Guests were able to name the loved one in spirit with whom they most wanted to communicate, and Linda connected with those spirits.

Linda started out with information about the spirits who had approached her as soon as she booked the event here, wanting to make sure their messages would be conveyed to their family. She gave specific names, medical conditions, and physical descriptions, most of which we verified by the end of the night. One of the most humorous messages of the night was from a “very Catholic” grandma in spirit, who was concerned about her grandson working a late shift. Her comment: “Nothing good happens after midnight.”

Loved ones in spirit came through with specific messages of love, with apologies, and with reassurance, advice, and even admonishments (specifically, a message to a guest’s mother with diabetes to take care of her health). In once case, the spirit visitor did not have much to say, so Linda did a mini-reading for the guest (a young woman) instead.

One of the fundamental themes of the night was that our family, friends, and even companion animals in spirit are still with us ~ they are part of our lives, offering support and love from the spirit side of life. Linda said we “lift them up” when we say their names, talk to them, and share our memories and stories of them. There were many moving and humorous moments throughout the night; I feel very fortunate to be part of these lively, powerful, and healing spirit message circles.

We have two more spirit message circles this season, All Hallows Mediumship Eve. One will be held tomorrow night (October 29) and the final on October 30. The guest medium will be the very talented Janice Carlson, who I met through my work at FATE magazine. Both events have been sold out for weeks ~ next season, I am considering hosting a spirit message circle each month, as there seems to be an incredible demand for this kind of healing experience.

 

 

 

 

I Live in a Haunted House ~ Yes and Yes Interview

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Thank you to the very cool Sarah Von Bargen of “Yes and Yes” for posting this interview about my house and living with spirits.

Check out Sarah’s blog at this link:
http://www.yesandyes.org/…/10/i-live-in-a-haunted-house.html